Cultural interchange is essential for the arts to flourish –– Sweden’s Samuel Sandberg

Samuel Sandberg Bremell, the Head of Administration Swedish Embassy, adresses guests at the opening of the 2018 Amakula International Film Festival

Samuel Sandberg Bremell, the Head of Administration Swedish Embassy, addresses guests during the opening of the 2018 Amakula International Film Festival held at the Kampala Film School on Wednesday.

By Edwin Junior

The Amakula International Film Festival, Uganda’s oldest independent film festival, opened for its 2018 edition on Wednesday at a cocktail evening hosted at the Kampala film school in Ggaba.

Speaking during the opening ceremony, Samuel Sandberg Bremell, the Head of Administration Swedish Embassy underscored the importance of cultural interchange in the growth of the arts and film industry.

“We are witnessing a new wave of successful actors and actresses with in our country and are happy to contribute with two Swedish films to the festival this year.” Samuel Sandberg Bremell said. “We strongly believe that cultural interchange and inspiration from other countries and cultures is something essential for the arts to flourish.”

“Isolation has never done any good to art.” He added.

Now in its 11th edition, the festival has lots of activities lined up for filmmakers and African cinema enthusiasts including master classes, seminars and a drive-in cinema experience among others.

This year there will be a screening of 42 local and foreign productions including two Swedish films – Drifters, a social drama thriller about a woman’s struggle for survival at the bottom of society, and Music for One Apartment & Six Drummers, a short film about a gang who raid an apartment to start making percussive music with the everyday objects found in the house instead of ransacking it.

Music for One Apartment and Six Drummers screened during the opening of the festival while Drifters will show on Friday evening at the Uganda museum.

The screening of the two Swedish films comes as part of a partnership between the festival organisers, Bayimba Cultural Organisation and the Embassy of Sweden.

The Amakula International Film Festival aims to contribute to a vibrant local film industry by broadening access to and developing audiences for quality African film production by inspiring local film makers to produce quality local films based on own stories.

It also aims at facilitating, presenting and promoting local film productions and distribution while also offering a professional networking platform for the film making community in East Africa and beyond.

Email the writer: edwinejnr@gmail.com

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The Amakula International Film Festival is presented by
Bayimba Cultural Foundation in partnership with The DOEN Foundation, Africalia, Kampala Film School and the Uganda Museum.